There’s a sheet of paper taped on the underside of one of the drawers in the Premier’s desk on the 8th Floor. It’s very old. No one knows for sure how long it has been there but there are countless rings from countless coffee cups on it and more than few circles from the underside . . . → Read More: The Sir Robert Bond Papers: The Strategic Two-Step #nlpoli
According to the Oxford dictionary, financial austerity means “difficult economic conditions created by government measures to reduce public expenditure.”Reduce government spending.Three key words.The most important is reduce, meaning to lower o… . . . → Read More: The Sir Robert Bond Papers: The Austerity Budget Pantomime #nlpoli
/What a difference 36 years makes.
There’s New Democrat strategist Robin Sears in a National Post piece complaining about the way the Liberal are running their guy named Trudeau in lots of situations that give him good visuals.
“He isn’t running to be a boxer or a canoeist, he’s running to be Prime Minister, which . . . → Read More: The Sir Robert Bond Papers: The Manipulation Manipulation #nlpoli #cdnpoli
As you look ahead to the fall election, the bigger political addicts among you are likely trying to figure out different aspects like how the parties might run the campaign.
We got a clue this week with the debate story. Apparently the front-runner Liberals never thought of forcing the media outlets to pool together and . . . → Read More: The Sir Robert Bond Papers: Political Calculations #nlpoli
Dwight Ball demonstrated last week how very simple things can turn into problems very quickly. He handed his political opponents a stick they can use to beat him with. The fact they really don;t have much more than innuendo and speculation doesn’t matter. He’s given them a weapon.
Ball confirmed on Friday that the Liberal . . . → Read More: The Sir Robert Bond Papers: For want of a nail… #nlpoli
The Man who smote Miliband
Who says strategy is not paramount? Cameron’s Conservatives had their course set for them by strategist Crosby, and it carried them to a victory that has surprised pollsters, decapitated three opposition parties, and divided the UK into Tory England and Scottish nationalists’ Scotland:
While strategists had been privately confident . . . → Read More: CuriosityCat: UK ELECTION: THE WINNING TORY STRATEGY
Maybe someone can point to this information somewhere please. Maybe your humble e-scribbler missed it.
But in the past couple of days, there’s been a simple number missing from the discussion of long-term care beds in Newfoundland and Labrador.
How many do we need?
Seems like a fairly obvious question.
Both Premier Paul Davis and . . . → Read More: The Sir Robert Bond Papers: The little things will get you #nlpoli
Starting last Friday, the ironically-named Conservatives currently running the place started holding a series of “pre-budget” announcements.
They started with news that to deal with the massive financial crisis they would be dumping 77 and a half teaching positions in the provincial school system. About twice that many would retire, so the school boards in . . . → Read More: The Sir Robert Bond Papers: Contending Political Strategies #nlpoli
Foxy Yatsenyuk could be a Ukrainian Hero
I have started innumerable draft posts about Ukraine over the past few weeks, but there was little room for anything but speculation. The tensions and factors underlying the ‘Crimean Crisis’ were pretty clear to see, but the interplay was too fast, and Russia’s actions and reactions . . . → Read More: Not an Official Green Party Canada Site: Arseny Yatsenyuk and the Ukraine’s ‘End Game’
Efficiency is formidable. It rears its head most everywhere. Witness the tyranny of the target at more and more workplaces: from more greets per hour to more exam points per teacher. At the same time, efficiency also nurtures increasing tyrannies at home: get fit in 12 minutes per day instead of 15…but don’t waste those . . . → Read More: Political Eh-conomy: Whose efficiency? what efficiency?
I am not a big fan of the accepted wisdom that politics happens on a left/right continuum. That creaking old paradigm does not mean much to most of the electorate. Perhaps I should be a bit more nuanced with that observation? While there are many Canadians who view themselves as ‘left’ or ‘right’ wing, there . . . → Read More: Not an Official Green Party Canada Site: Trudeau’s Liberals going for the Conservatives throat.
Back in May I laid out the evidence to support my contention that the Green Party of Canada is suffering a sustained collapse at the grass-roots level. To summarise my arguments, the local Electoral District associations were largely formed to capitalise on the Revenue Sharing agreements between the Green Party`s head office, and the local . . . → Read More: Not an Official Green Party Canada Site: The relentless collapse of the Green Party of Canada’s grassroots.
In a desperate attempt to take Justin Trudeau down a peg or two, the NDP and Conservatives have been crafting a narrative around Trudeau’s public speaking business, and his accepting fees to speak for charities. On my part, I do not think that Trudeau did anything wrong. He put his name on a roster for . . . → Read More: Not an Official Green Party Canada Site: Trudeau just SKEWERED all his critics in one fell swoop!
Well here we are, the Elections Canada filing deadline for Electoral District associations has come and gone, (June 1) so I thought I would update which GPC Electoral Districts are still alive and kicking. A little more than a month ago, I blogged on the slow motion collapse of the Green Party`s Electoral District Associations. . . . → Read More: Not an Official Green Party Canada Site: Green Party grass-roots haemorrhage: Liberals and Dippers be advised.
Vote Green! Brought to you by the BC Liberals
I was tooling around on Facebook this morning, and some of my Green Party of BC FaceBook friends were talking about this full-page advertisement for Jane Sterk and the BC Greens in the Times Colony. You know, one of the most read newspapers on . . . → Read More: Not an Official Green Party Canada Site: BC Liberals Advertising for the Greens in Victoria!
At great risk to life and limb, I am going to open a can of worms that the Liberal Party is just going to HAVE to deal with soon. Over the course of the leadership contest, the bold experiment of opening up the vote for all Canadians through the supporter category of Liberal membership has . . . → Read More: Not an Official Green Party Canada Site: Liberal Party open contested nominations: Awesome plan, but Pro-Life is the fly in the ointment.
Hmm, this is a bit embarrassing. Yesterday I posted that the Ipsos Reid poll commissioned by postmedia and CTV demonstrated that the attack ads were not working. The word I used was emphatically not working. Well I have to climb down a little (a lot) from that statement. I argued that because the sample that . . . → Read More: Not an Official Green Party Canada Site: Actually, jury is still out on efficacy of Attack ads against Trudeau
Opinion polls can be extremely significant when they are used properly. When you are quantifying what things are of interest to specific people, you can garner useful actionable data, useful for political purposes that is. But the opinion polls that new organisations typically commission are next to useless. I mean, how can anybody gain anything . . . → Read More: Not an Official Green Party Canada Site: An Opinion poll actually worth noting: Conservative Attack ads emphatically are NOT working.
Every time I think about the long decline of the Liberal Party, I recall vividly a conversation I had over coffee with my local Liberal counterpart back in 2007. We were discussing a municipal election, and the conversation turned to local Green Party ‘doings’. I was pretty chuffed at the time. My constant harping and . . . → Read More: Not an Official Green Party Canada Site: The Real world of Electoral Politics: Coming soon to a Liberal Party near you!
So yesterday there was some `bad news` for Liberals in the media, naturally followed by further revelations and commentary today. Well I have news for you, it is not as big a deal as some would have us think.
As I have repeated many times, the real value of the Supporter category to the Liberal . . . → Read More: Not an Official Green Party Canada Site: Liberal Party Supporter woes, And Joyce Murrays turbo booster.
Today, I sat down in the morning to check out the news, and found two articles in the Hill Times about, and by Conservatives, that are extremely revealing to the careful reader. I joined the Liberal Party last year when they created the Supporter category of membership, because I saw immediately . . . → Read More: Not an Official Green Party Canada Site: Micro-Targeting, Liberalist and the Liberal Party’s opportunity.
I just followed a link to a Globe & Mail article: “Inside Justin Trudeau’s war room“. I was elated at what I read, because it confirms my belief that the Liberal Party is going to re-write the book on electoral politics in Canada. That is not a shallow conclusion based upon Trudeau partisanship. It is . . . → Read More: Not an Official Green Party Canada Site: Trudeau gets it too: Introducing the next Prime Minister.
I have been preaching the virtues of the ‘new’ supporter category of Liberal Party ‘memberships’ ever since the Liberal Party announced it nearly a year ago. It is such an innocuous seeming innovation, but the implications are profoundly exciting. I am not at all surprised at the turn of events over the course of this . . . → Read More: Not an Official Green Party Canada Site: Joyce Murray campaign is a FASCINATING example of how the Liberals can win the next election.
I first realised that my old friend, the Liberal Party of Canada was on the path to recovery when they introduced the Supporter category early in 2012. Canadians were invited to formally become a supporter of the Liberal Party, and offered a vote in the leadership contest as an inducement. As I wrote in June, . . . → Read More: Not an Official Green Party Canada Site: Liberals Supporter category vital. What happens after the leadership race?